Category Archives: 1830s

The Age of big bonnets and massive puffed sleeves!

Girl’s petticoats

We recently completed an extensive children’s clothing order for a museum in Arkansas. These garments are for their children’s interpretive centers and span the 1830s through the 1850s. Here are two examples of the petticoats we made for this commission.


The corded petticoat on the left is suitable for ages 9-12 and the standard tucked petticoat on the right for ages 5-8.
Girl’s cotton corded petticoat
Girl’s cotton tucked petticoat

For more information about our custom made historical children’s clothing or any of our historical fashions, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

1838 transitional dress

Earlier this year we launched a new design- our Anne dress– a late 1830s/early 1840s transitional style gown. This dress is based off an original in the Tasha Tudor Collection and is a longer sleeve version of our Brooks dress.

Our 1838 transitional gown in an earthy natural green cotton roller printed fabric

We quickly received our first commission for a custom made version of this gown. It is made up in an authentic reproduction 1830s era moss green cotton print. This dress is headed to Historic Brattonsville for one of their new volunteer interpreters!

The center back of our gown closes with either buttons or hook and eyes

This custom made Anne dress is shown over 2 extra full petticoats. Finish off the look with a chemise and corset.

Delicate piped details around the yoked neckline

For more information about our Anne dress or any of our custom and ready made historical garments, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

Introducing the Anne dress c. 1838

I am excited to announce the launch of our latest design- The Anne dress!

The Anne dress is a transitional style gown that dates to the late 1830s-early 1840s and features a loose fitting bodice with yoke, an open neckline, and a full ankle length skirt. It is based on an original gown dating to this period formerly in the Tasha Tudor collection. Delicate piped trim encircles the yoke. You can wear this gown over a chemisette for a more modest neckline or during cooler weather.

The dress buttons up the back and closes at the waist with a hook and eye. Our Anne dress is shown over a chemise, corset, and 2 extra full petticoats.

This gown is made up in one of our reproduction 1840s era cotton prints but would also be lovely in silk or semi sheer lawn. It is a very versatile silhouette and is flattering on all figures. Plus, it’s super comfortable to wear!

Thank you to the absolutely stunning Miranda for modeling our Anne dress!

For more information about our Anne dress or any of our other historical clothing designs, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

Girl’s early 19th century straw bonnets

These simple and sweet girls’ bonnets are ideal for the years 1800-1850s. Worn by girls of all ages, these little darlings are headed to Historic Exchange Place in Jonesboro, Tennessee to be worn by their Junior Apprentices. The girls who participate in this program range in age from 10-18.

For more information about these girls bonnets or any of our millinery, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

Retirement Announcement!

Well now. I bet that heading got your attention! Never fear! We here at Maggie May Clothing are NOT retiring… but some of our designs are!

Beginning in January 2018, The Godey Dress and The Varina dress, along with a few other styles will be taking to the closet as we make room for fresh new designs from the Georgian era through the 1920s! Keep your eyes peeled throughout the Spring and Summer as we unveil our exciting new projects!

The Godey dress was wildly popular for many years! Several versions of this lovely blue gown are scattered across the United States!

The Varina Dress was originally created for a film in 2008! It was well suited for the early teen actress we designed it for.

In addition, the following garments will be retired beginning January 2018. These designs will no longer be available for custom order.

Retiring: Our mid 19th century baby gown

Retiring: Our c. 1858 cage crinoline

Retiring: Our silk bustle era gown

Retiring: Our Regency era evening dress

Girl’s petticoats

These two styles of girl’s petticoats were popular during the early to mid 19th century. Our mini corded petticoat is a girl- size version of our women’s corded petticoat and was worn by children from the 1820s through the 1870s. It is made of checked cotton cloth and is meant to replicate the “recycling” of older adult garments into children’s clothing.

The starched and tucked cotton petticoat is a standard in children’s undergarments and would have been worn from childhood into the teenage years. (Shown layered over the corded petticoat in the 1840s style).

For more information about these petticoats or any of our historical clothing, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

Girl’s 1830s era dresses

These two girl’s 1830s era dresses are part of a larger commission for Historic Exchange Place’s Junior Apprentice interpretation program in Kingsport, Tennessee. These garments represent the clothing worn by the children in emerging frontier towns of early 19th century Appalachia.

Girl’s dress cut in the fashionable 1830s era style and made of gorgeous Turkey red reproduction print cotton.

Dress cut in the style of the late 1830s transitioning into the 1840s.

For more information about these dresses or any of our custom made garments, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com

Girl’s early 19th century dresses

These two early 19th century dresses are for the Junior Apprentice Program at Historic Exchange Place in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. Intended to represent the diverse sartorial heritage of this original stagecoach stop, these two dresses embody the spirit of pioneers who headed west into what was then the untouched wilderness of Eastern Tennessee.

Cut in the style of the 1820s-1830s, this bold print gown follows the fashion trends of children in the East. Made of 100% replica print cotton, this gown is made for a girl under the age of 15.

This 1840s era dress is made for a teen girl and features a lined bodice, separate sheer cotton collar and removable bow. It is made of 100% replica print cotton fabric with a contrasting hem protector.

For more information about these garments or any of our custom designed historical clothing, please visit our website at www.maggiemayfashions.com